Although the rum-based daiquiri (pronounced da·kr·ee) isn’t a native creation of New Orleans, you’d never know by the love that locals have for this classic cocktail. The daiquiri was first created in Cuba, in the small village of Daiquirí for which the drink was named. Jennings Cox, an American engineer who lived in Cuba at the time was credited with creating the daiquiri back in 1896.
It wasn’t until 1909 that the classic cocktail would become popular in America thanks to Admiral Lucius W. Johnson. In the years following its American debut, the daiquiri’s simple recipe of rum, lime juice and sugar would evolve. Strawberry, banana and the more popular frozen daiquiri would soon be introduced.
Today, New Orleans offers both the classic daiquiri and a variety of frozen daiquiris that the city is better known for. Frozen daiquiris are found everywhere from neighborhood daiquiri shops to craft cocktail bars–you’ll often see these sweet (but potent) concoctions swirling in giant machines behind the bar. If you’re craving a frozen one, you can go for simple flavors such as strawberry, pina colada and banana or switch it up with house specials, Mardi Gras Mambo and even eggnog and king cake-flavored daiquiris. The choices are endless and many are made with liquor other than rum.
Combine the sugar blend and lime juice in a mixing tin. Stir until the sugar has fully dissolved into the lime juice. Add the rum to the sugar and lime mixture, along with large cubes of ice, cracked with a bar spoon. Quickly shake and strain the drink into a coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel.